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The use of illegal drugs in America is viewed as a criminal behavior rather than a social problem The declaration of the war on drugs in the early eighties further emphasized the idea of users being criminals when in fact users are no more criminals tha n the authority over them A criminal act is one that harms society an action done deliberately for whatever motive that causes another person harm Albeit the statistical increase of drug related violent crime cannot be refuted it can be directly correlated to the mishandling of drug users We see a drug offender as a person who is a societal burden and even an outcast but the problem is much more complex than that Our methods of handling a drug user have long been focused on incarceration followed by release with or without parole Clearly an outcast and possibly a burden on society but where did he choose this fate To incarcerate a person who clearly needs rehabilitation creates a criminalized social deviant The chance we have given the convicted drug offender to lead a successful life is non-existant Drug users must be looked at in a continuum a progressive behavior that quickly escalates into a lifestyle that is not socially acceptable in our society The road to disaster is paved with the first high thats not in dispute The teenager who smokes marijuana cigarette has done no more harm to society than a person J-walking across an empty highway Problems arise when the occasional joint turns into cocaine addiction and eventually violence or crime The good thing about our society is that that can be prevented quite simply We have the most advanced law enforcement system in the world and also one of the best communication networks as well It is very unlikely that our teenager who experimented with pot will see the sunrise before he is bombarded with media information and advertising And
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